This award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company invite you to join them on a musical journey and some of the best-loved tales of all time.
A young girl, her worldly belongings in a small rucksack, takes refuge in an old church... in her hands she cradles her only friend. Into this solitary world comes a warm-hearted gentleman. Together, and with the help of a box of matches, they ignite their imaginations and take us on a musical journey full of light and laughter.
For almost 200 years, the tales of Hans Christian Andersen have become some of the most-treasured stories we have all
grown up with: The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Tinderbox, The Steadfast Tin Soldier... the list is endless, and
their delight continues.
This autumn GSC are bringing seven of them to life in a brand-new stage adaptation with original music and lyrics, staged
in the Victorian St Nicolas' Church, in central Guildford. The shows runs for 26 performances.
Inspired by the story of The Little Match-Girl and set in the present day, GSC Associate Playwright ANT STONES (Grimms’
Fairy Tales, Alice in Wonderland), weaves together four other favourite tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New
Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina) with two rarer stories of The Darning Needle and The Puppet Showman.
Long-time GSC collaborators Director CHARLOTTE CONQUEST (RNT, RSC) and Designer NEIL IRISH (Opera Holland
Park, Derby Theatres), have given each tale a distinctive flavour of their own, from Gilbert & Sullivan operetta to medieval
romance. Complementing them is a completely original score and lyrics commissioned from TOM JACK MERIVALE
(Salisbury Playhouse, Creation).
Join us for an enchanting experience as we bring these classic fantasy stories colourfully to life for all ages.
Guildford Shakespeare Company is an award-winning professional theatre company and arts education charity. Based in Guildford, Surrey, we were established in 2006 and have grown to become one of the largest producers of home-grown theatre in the region.